The Highlander by Kasia Bacon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
*~~*ARC kindly provided by the author to me in exchange for an honest review *~~*
I, Lochan of the famed Féyes clan, know all about fighting.
As a half-breed Elf, I have struggled against prejudice and feelings of inadequacy.
A recluse by nature, I have battled my aversion to touch and interaction with others.
To become an assassin of The Order, I have learnt to overcome the limitations of my mind and body.
But denying the power Ervyn Morryés holds over me might be the one fight I lose. The truth is—damn it all—the relentless Highlander brings me to my knees.
Note: This novelette is the second in the Order Series, and not a stand-alone installment. Reading THE MUTT is crucial for its full enjoyment.
When you go through my reviews you’ll see fantasy has not the highest appearance and hence it’s a huge praise when I say: Kasia nailed it, she did an amazing job.
To enjoy The Highlander I recommend to read The Mutt first because there you get aquantance with Lochan and Ervyn.
But even without knowledge, the way how Kasia is revealing her story, her world and the universe the character live in, you are captured and it’s easy to follow.
The book was not only because of its theme a great read, it is the way of flawless writing, so on point and in a kind of poetic way which mesmerize. Kasia Bacon truly knows how to put a strong, solid story together and I can’t wait to finally read a full novel in The Order series after she wrote two extraordenary good short ones. :3
I loved how flawless she let the reader get into the daily duties of a soldier, with Lochan we have an assasin who is waiting for his orders for the crown. In the camp where he trains his skills he is taking his rare time with his secret lover and Dark Elf Ervyn. Both guys have a chemistry and deep feelings are there. But without being cheesy the emotions are displayed, and the way how they pleasure each other is hot as hell.
Another remarable aspect of the book is the research Kasia did for the book. You can really tell she knows what she writes about when she described the archery scene at the end of the book, and although I have hard times in fantasy novel to imagine the actions because of the sheer flood of information I could see the scene in this book right in front of me.
Kasia knows to give the reader a captivating story and interesting character, who are witty, arrogant and aren’t shy to express their opinion.
The glossary at the end is really handy and it shows how much dedication she put into her writing. It’s truly something which should be acknowledged. 5 out of 5 stars for this. Ervyn and Lochan are hard to forget. ❤
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